Good Samaritan Sisters Partnerships Mater Dei

Mater Dei

Established as an orphanage by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Order in 1910, today, Mater Dei School and Services is a community-based organisation that provides early intervention therapy services, education and residential programs for babies, children and young people with an intellectual disability or developmental delay. The approach that they take in working with their students is reasonably simple and is based on the principle of encouraging inclusion and full participation by them with all members of society.

They work to provide their students with the skills and abilities to access their local communities as valued and contributing members in a manner that builds acceptance and dignity for people with disabilities.

The underpinning philosophy for all that is done at Mater Dei is "Inclusion for all". Much of the work is focused on providing opportunities and experiences that will help their students develop skills and confidence to be fully included as valuable and respected members of their community. Mater Dei prides itself on providing an individualised and holistic education for all children and young people in their care and support to their families.